Curbed's Megan Barber takes a look at five shipping container homes you can order today. Composed from disused and readily available containers that sit on docks around the world, these homes can be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional building materials.
Shipping container diehards also love their durability and, in some cases, their portability—although this can cost a lot of time and money. And while there are plenty of DIY plans out there, it can be hard to devote the time to transforming a utilitarian box of steel into a cozy abode.
Luckily, several companies sell shipping container homes—one is even available on Amazon—that can be delivered and assembled in as little as 10 weeks. Containers typically come in two sizes, either 20 feet by 8 feet or 40 feet by 8 feet. The smaller of the two equals about 160 square feet of living space, whereas the larger container gets you 320 square feet. That’s tiny home living at its smallest, so some manufacturers will also combine containers to create bigger models.